Category Archives: Poetry Epic

An interesting video

This is an excerpt from a documentary an compares the Irish bardic tradition to that of Homer. Advertisements

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Eclipse dating

Although I want to be getting back to posting on this blog regularly in future, for now I will merely offer a eclipse_dating which purports to have established the exact date of an eclipse mentioned in the Odyssey.

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 103-128

Here Antinous‘ speech to his fellow suitors continues. He goes into greater detail about how Penelope deceived him and his fellow suitors. One should notice as well the use of the imperfect tense as in the first of these lines. … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 96-102

The speech of Antinous, the leader of the suitors, continues in these lines, as it will in the lines of the Odyssey that follow. What stands out in this passage is first that Antinous seeks to speak badly of Penelope … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 85-95

Since Telemachus has just given his speech swaying the people, now Antinous chooses to address his fellow suitors instead. Before getting to the speech itself, one should realize just how this tactic wold appear to the ancient Greek audience. Especially … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 2 lines 80-84

We see now the reaction of the people to Telemachus‘ speech. If one views the story of Telemachus within the Odyssey as a narrative, it is very much a coming of age story. Namely, Telemachus in Book 1 is a … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 2 lines 40-79

I have for various reasons been away from blogging for a while. Yet after a long hiatus, I am continuing. NowTelemachus addresses the assembly. He initially addresses himself to Aegyptius, the old warrior who called the assembly together. One should … Continue reading

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